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♪ prime minister makes a stop in kabul becoming the first international figure to meet afghanistan's new leader. hello from al jazerra's head quarter in doha. also on the program, australia joins the fight against isil in a raqqa nounsing plan to his launch air strikes within days. is the four greater decembe demc push losing ground. demanding answers in mexico, what happened to dozens of students taken away by police a week ago.
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britain's prime minister david cameron is on a surprise visit to afghanistan in the past hour he met the new afghan president at the presidential palace in kabul. cameron is also due to visit british troops later. let's go live to jennifer glasse who in kabul live for us. they have held a press conference not long ago. what have they said? >> reporter: that's right. david cameron on his 13th visit here to afghanistan mentioning that there is still -- there is only one british force troop base left here. he will visit those troops later today. in three months all of the british combat forces will be leaving afghanistan, he says just because the combat force are leaving afghanistan that doesn't mean that britain won't support afghanistan. in the president conference he outlined some of britain's
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accomplishments here. >> we have been very clear about what we have been trying to achieve in afghanistan. and that is to build an afghanistan that is capable of looking after its own security without the need for a large number of foreign troops. and i think you can see in an afghan army now 340,000, that is responsible for security across the country, that it is capable of delivering that security. but as ban ki-moon i think put it so well, a missile might kill a terrorist, but it is good governance that kills terrorism. the real and pressing need is for this new national unity government to bring the country together. >> jennifer, david cameron mentioned good governance there. one. largest financial donors is the uae. how will the country go when
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they leave the country. >> reporter: 70 soldiers and officers will remain here as the backbone of the training force. david cameron announced the country will continue to fund afghanistan 178 million british pounds a year that, $287 million u.s. a year. continues being the programs, the president of afghanistan saying aid will only go to program that his os that the got feels needs it. good governance very much a theme of the press conference today as the new president in his first week of power used the opportunity to show that he is trying to make changes that he's serious about reforms. he says that he's met with members of the private sector community he knows that afghanistan has to collect more taxes and stand on its own two feet. either we will succeed he said, or we will collapse. >> jennifer, thank you very much. that's al jazerra's jennifer
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glasse reporting there live from kaboul. the latest now on international efforts to fight the islamic state of iraq and levant. the italian minister says he still support america by launchinlaunching air strikes i. britain is sending two additional tornado jets to join the fight against isil. prime minister david cameron made the announcement as he visited sig cyprus where they ae based. u.kgermany sent military vehicls also. turkey is now also officially a part of the u.s.-led campaign against isil. it's parliament is allowing the turkish army to confront isil both in syria and iraq should it decide do. the resolution allows foreign troops to use turkish military
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bases, bernard smith reports. >> reporter: on the outskirts of kobane in plain sights of turkish troops fighters from the islamic state of the iraq and levant are on the move. two ex-iraqi vehicles one flying the black isil flag the other towing a howitzer gun heads towards the town held by syrian kurds. the turkish parliament has updated and strengthened legislation allowing its military to launch strikes against terrorist threats. those threats aren't just from isil according to the governme government. it focuses on the dangers posed by syrian president bashar al-assad. turkey spent billions of dollars looking after syrian refugees. >> translator: currently we are accommodating more than 1.3 million refugees sheltering at camps and staying in big
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cities. after sent the 18th with the latest developments, 160,20 1608 syrian kurds crossed in to turkey as of yesterday. >> reporter: there was also a concern about the kudish workers party headquartered in northern iraq it's been fight to go self ruling turkey since the mid 1980s. this legislation valid for 12 months gives the turkish government a lot of latitude to define what it sees as a terrorist theft. also passed by parliament is approval to foreign troops to be stationed in turkey. it puts no limit on the troop numbers. that will please the united states which has been pressuring turkey to play a bigger role in the campaign against isil. bernard smith, al jazerra, on the turkey-syria border. inside iraq, meanwhile government forces backed by shia militias have recaptured several villages from isil east of baghdad.
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the iraqi minister of defense says it has taken 30 provinces, and the iraqi actual and i shia ma litschs a fought fighters in the area for nearly four months, let's get the latest on the fighting and immaterial lan cannes joinimran kahn joins usf. brinbaghdad. brings us u up-to-date. >> reporter: what is happening is what the eye remark i army is trying to do is link several villages in the area to make what could only be described as an offensive corridor where they can consult the isil forces off in the main town towns. they are trying to get these villages together, form them as kind of an offensive change and be able to go in to the towns. but i have to say, i have to say these report key place where his isil fighters are. they were in three parts of the did yale a province.
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unless you go in to those towns you can't say that you have did yale a province under your coal. so there is a lot of spin. the prime minister is speaking are they being effective. >> reporter: they are. he has summed up the position that many feel. they welcome the americans british, air strikes on targets within iraq itself. but what they don't want is arab air strikes. you might want to ask yourself, what's the difference between an arab bomb and a western bomb, surely it's the same thing. >> it's a very sensitive subject for many iraqis here. they remember back when the coalition against iraq was formed during the time of sadam hussein, they look at the anger that the arab world had towards iraq, so having iraqi -- having arab air strikes in in try racs
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a very sensitive topic. and the mime pinster has trumpeted that feeling. he says we are in control. these are our arab brothers, they are not going to attack us. they welcome the americans and coalition air strikes. very sensitive topic when it comes to arab involvement in a rack. >> thank you very much, imran. imran kahn live in baghdad. a man claiming to be the boko haram leader has appeared to be alive and well in the online video. the appearance of him in the video which was posted on social media cannot be independently verified and contradicts nigerian military reports that he had been killed. a cyber attack on the bank jp morgan chase has left more than 76 million accounts compromised. it's one of the largest corporate hacks ever. the raid gathered account holders' names and addresses. jp morgan says there is no evidence that account or security numbers were taken.
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hong kong's chief executive says he's not going to step down. but he is offering to start negotiations with protesters. people are angry at him for backing china's decision to only allow beijing approved candidates to run in elections. for six days now protesters have crowded the streets of central hong kong but numbers are shrinking. this was the scene on friday morning. the protest leader says he's open to talks with the hong kong government. >> we have to create maximum room for the dialogue and we will look at the process of dialogue and also what can come out of dialogue before we can have any further decisions. >> joining us live now from hong kong. so the protest leaders say this they are opening to dialogue, but will dialogue achieve a resolution of this crisis? >> reporter: well, that's a good
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question. and that's something that the student leaders, the protest leaders at least are very hopeful that there would be some sort of success coming out of these dialogues. but at the moment, there is no indication as to when this meeting for this dialogue will happen. of course when they do meet, they have to sit down and agree on the perimeters of the dialogue. and then after that have another meeting about the dialogue. and then another meeting probably about the dialogue itself. so this dialogue is supposed to keep going on and on and on and on. at this stage, there is no indication as to when the first meeting is going to happen. and there is no indication as to how long the dialogue is going to take, which frankly has taken out the wind out of the sails of this protest. >> right. now i was going to ask you that in fact. we can see the numbers on the streets dwindling. whawhat is the mood among it ise protesters where you are? do they feel defeated, perhaps? >> reporter: well, the spirits
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here, i have to say, are quite dampened. it's just just because of the rain as well i spoke to many of the protesters that are still here camped outside. chief executive's office. and they are sort of saying that they are quite despondent and quite jaded that, yes, now there is a dialogue, but they realize the dialogue is still with jay binbeijing, or at least representatives of beijing, they know nothing is going to change any time soon. many of these young protesters are actually worried about their future. and they say, well, what's the point of this people power movement that we just had over the last five or six days or so. so they are really quite disappointed that their number one demands, that was for chief executive to resign, hasn't happened. and now that the dialogue has happened, they say, well, at least there is some movement. but still we want action and we are worried about our future. we do not want beijing to be able to control the candidates
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that we will be voting for in 2017. >> thank you very much. there is much more ahead on the program. aid groups step up food happened outs in ebola hit west africa. plus the arctic's disappearing ice is making life tough for the walrus, details coming up.
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♪ ♪ welcome back. you are watching al jazerra live from doha, our top stories. britain's prime minister david cameron is on a surprise visit
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to afghanistan. he met the new afghan president and said britain will always be, quote, a strong partner and good friend. australian prime minister tony abbott has announced his country will join the u.s.-led coalition and launch air strikes against isil in iraq. and hong kong's chief executive is offering to start negotiations with protesters. the occupy leader says the pro-democracy movement is open to dialogue. fewer protesters were on the streets on friday morning. let's get more on this now from jeremy gold cans corn who is the director of a china focus blog and very much firm he joins us live from game jinx thank you very much for being with us on al jazerra. there has been quite a lot of censorship of these protests in hong kong. tell us how the media in mainland china has been covering this movement? have they been talking about it?
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>> well, there has been very little coverage of it compared to what is in the international media. and media organizations in china and websites have all merely carried official copy from the people's daily, which is the communist party's newspaper. on the internet, references to photographs have been scrubbed from social media. so they pretty much is only one point of view that is widely circulated which is the government point of view. >> but are people able to search elsewhere about what is going on? i mean, are they aware of the international coverage? >> reporter: some people are. i mean, china has, you know, it's a minority, but it's quite a lot of people who are very internet savvy or news junk is and peopliesand people like thid it easy to see international coverage of the events. if you are not a news junk i or
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spending a lot of time on the internet you are merely reading the newspaper and watching the tv broadcasts you won't have an idea of the extent of the international coverage and the opposing point of view about the events. >> what is the strategy here from the beijing government, is it to wait the frosters out and hope the campaign loses stream? the fact that people in mainland china are not aware of what's going on in hong kong are they just waiting for this to die down? >> i expect that's what's goes on is both the goff goffs in beg here and here in that it will just die out. nobody wants to see it end in violence, it's difficult to kn know. i don't think the central government is going to back down on this of their positions. >> okay, jeremy, thank you. founder of a china focus blog
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and researcher. thank you for joining us from beijing. the ebola crisis is pushing food prizes in liberia. it's meant that aid deliveries have to be brought in to some villages such as this, one fear of the disease has caused farmers to leave their fields unattended. one charity alone is feeding 69,000 children a day in liberia. and an american television cameraman working for nbc news has tested positive for ebola in liberia, he will be phone back to u.s. for treatment. a man who arrived from liberia two weeks ago is currently being test today ebola in a hospital in dallas. aid groupings and u.k. government representatives have held an emergency meeting in london trying to find a way to response stop the spread of he bowl actual barnaby phillips has the details. >> reporter: it's taken several months, but at least wealthier countries appear to be waking up to the scale of the ebola crisis. at an emergency meeting in london the focus was on sierra
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leone, british government ministers were here, and so was a famous actor of sierra leone decent. >> i was encouraged there was a room full of people from the task force, the high commissioner was there and we were automatic talking the same language, what can we do quickly, we all realize the urgency of this, but how can we pull together as a country quickly and be effective. >> reporter: the governments that have come here have promised more money. but it will take time for those pledges of financial support to turn in to something more practical in to training local staff and building new clinics. and time is something that sierra leone has very little of as it confront he bowl actually asked the government what it makes of the predictions given the president of liberia says the he bow ebola out break in hr country is now stabilizing. >> this disease and the number of people infected will get
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worse before it gets better. this is about bearing down on the rate of transmission that we are seeing. see we can bring at that down, get it under control and then beyond that start to actually irradicate ebola more completely. >> we ask for your protection. >> reporter: meanwhile on the other side of the world another community was looking for comfort in the fight against he bowl a this is dallas, texas. and these people are of liberian decent. meeting in prayer after a man who returned to texas from liberia was diagnosed with the disease. he is now fighting for his life. at least in the united states he does have access to the best medical care. thousands of sick people in west africa are confronting this dangerous disease in more desperate circumstances. barnaby phillips, al jazerra. in southern mexico, thousands of protest, have blocked the highway to acapulco. they want police to find 43 students missing since last weekend. adam rainy reports.
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>> reporter: paying tribute to victims from the past and the present. thousands marched in the western mexican state, they were honoring students killed in 1968 as they do every year. but this year was different. they are also calling for justice for six students killed a week ago here and for 43 others whose whereabouts are still unknown. they haven't been seen since september 26th when they were taken away by local police in the city of after protests grew violent. [ chanting ] >> reporter: parents shouted they took them alive, and we want them back alive. tensions have risen as authorities continue to fail to find the missing. >> translator: we know the local police took them away. they know where our children are, they know where they left them. we want them back. we want them back in the same condition they were taken. >> reporter: the incidents in
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1968 was the worst massacre in mexican history. army sniper opened fire on protesting students. the final death toll is still unknown. just like every other year thousands of people do vanvleet come here to march in mexico city to pay tribute to those killed in 1968. but this year people tell us they see a connection between the repression of those times and what has happened with these students in the state here. >> translator: people are still being disappeared. and students are still being killed. the government keeps responding with repression. >> reporter: 46 years after that massacre, fundamental questions remain think how many were killed. who gave the offered to shoot down innocent students? similar questions are being asked now about the fate of the 43 who have been missing for a week. and with each passing day, the belief that those questions will be answered diminishes. adam rainy, al jazerra, mexico
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city. ray funeral has been held for one of the youngest members of venezuela's national assembly. robert sarah and his partner maria herrera were found shot dead at their home on wednesday. the 27-year-old was seen as one of the most promising leaders in the ruling socialist party. it's not known why they were killed. al jazerra continues to demands the release of its three journalists impressed inky equipment know ham a fahmy, bahar mohamed and peter greste have now been detains for 279 days. they are falsely accused of aiding the outlawed muslim brother today. fahmy and greste sentence today seven years in prison, mohamed an additional three years for having a spent bullet in his possession which he picked up at a protest. they are appealing against their convictions. in london, protests against the housing crisis are growing. both renting and buying have become so expensive, that 10s of
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thousands of low paid workers have had to move from the capital. the protests have become sent ordinary a housing development next to the form he olympic park. lawrence lee reports. >> reporter: you might think london one of the world's most expensive cities would be able to provide the basics for its poorest. but shelter that, most simple human need, is under attack. we with found these people barricadeed in for a small block of flats in protest at their planned demolition. there are young mothers here and they don't know where they might end up. >> it's like, you know, keeping london for the rich basically and moving the poor out of whenever else you can find were then they are going to want to expand. so it's like then what do the people, you know, out of london to, where do they have to go then? >> reporter: the housing escape is right next to london's olympic park and it's become a symbol of where it all went wrong. two years on from 2012, a small flat in this new block costs $700,000.
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the people whose homes are under threat have come to the view that the olympics ended up being a massive corporate wolf, dressed in sheep's clothing. of course things like this happen in other parts of the world too. mumbai and india, for example, where gradually the slum dwellers have been squeezed and geezed by the money men here as there people demands that their voices be heard insist that they have rights. the great irony about this place is that the gentrification and social cleansing have hand off the back of the olympic games. which is supposed to be good for everybody. and where might people go 62-year-old maria had lived on the he i escape for 40 years bee being evicted. now it's a corridor too narrow for her wheelchair, her belongings piled up against the walls, but most of all it's so fa are from her former home that she barely sees her family. >> alone. you feel alone. i've got to struggle my way to get my wheelchair out of the
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cupboard, this then get it open, if this is -- if my kids are not around to help me, this is what i have to put up with. >> reporter: millions of young people born in london will now never be able to afford to stay here and yet the politicians can't think of a solution. the protesters some very high profile indeed are of the view that the political class has been swallowed up wholesale by big corporations. >> ordinary people are losing their homes so people that have loads of resources can garner more resources. i think that's the picture of what's happening. >> it's also a bigger issue of detroit communities, destroying the power of local communities for big business and corporations, you know. >> reporter: local politicians insist it was the financial crash which made it impossible for them to pay for better, cheap housing. but the banks came out on top. and it's the rush who are buying here now. what remains is a community deserted, surrounded by places they could never afford. it's the politics of the slum clearance at the olympic park.
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lawrence lee, al jazerra, stratford in london. a record number of walrus are crowding onto a beach in the u.s. state of alaska. arctic summer sea ice has disappeared forcing huge numbers ashore: now a report. >> reporter: 35,000 walruses crowded along the alaska coast. there is not enough ice for them to rest upon at sea. another mon fess take of climate change. >> this is really a historic moment for the arctic because of the change in the arctic sea ice. essentially in 20 to 30 years, scientist predict that the entire arctic ocean will be ice free. in the summertime and that is a huge change for the arctic, it's a change for the planet. >> reporter: the walruses were spotted last week, camped just north of point lay on alaska's northwest coast. the waters to the west are home to the most walruses on earth. but as global temperatures rise and the sea ice melts, they are forced ashore and unable to
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feed. with bitter irony, it's here in the arctic that oil companies are looking to drill for yet more fossil fuels. >> climate change is being driven by our use the fossil fuels so there are a number of things we are doing in this area that are actually potentially making it worse, including the interest in drilling for offshore oil and gas by shell. and so in a way, what we are doing is we are going in the wrong direction, we are trying to make doing things that make climate change worse we could see more and more of this. >> reporter: what happens in the arctic has an impact further south. >> there is increasing evidence that the loss of the arctic sea ice is influencing the jet stream. >> reporter: multiple studies that linked changes to the jet stream with increasingly extreme global weather patterns. but neither action i can studies nor images like this are forcing through the drastic political action that scientists say is needed to save our habitat. al jazerra.
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